The Double Surprises

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In this New York Public Library video, assistant curator Charles Cuykendall Carter shows off Les Portes Fermées, ou, Les Doubles Surprises (The Closed Doors, or The Double Surprises), a new acquisition of the Pforzheimer Collection. The small nineteenth-century French toy book is comprised of seven miniature romance and trickery stories, each accompanied by an illustration with a door flap opening onto a surprise illustration that appears when the card is held up to the light.

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National Book Awards Finalists at the Library

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In this video from the New York Public Library, 2018 National Book Awards finalists, including Rebecca Makkai, Hanne Ørstavik, and Jeffrey C. Stewart, sit down to answer questions about their favorite books and which fictional character they’d want to hang out with.

Reshelving at the New York Public Library

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After undergoing more than two years of renovation at the New York Public Library’s main branch, this time-lapse video captures over fifty thousand books reshelved in two minutes. The reopening of the historic Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room was celebrated in October 2016.

Karl Ove Knausgaard

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Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard was well known for his fiction in his native country, but his six-volume, 3,600-page autobiography, My Struggle, has made him a literary sensation, with some calling his long form and brutal honesty ground-breaking. In this clip, author Jeffrey Eugenides interviews Knausgaard on what it was like to write without shame. "It felt like a rush, is it possible to say this? And if it is, that's freedom."

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